At We Power Your Car we know that researching electric vehicles, charge points and everything else that comes with going electric can sometimes feel overwhelming and confusing. That’s why we have simplified all the jargon into our easy to follow A-Z of electric vehicles. It includes everything you need to know from hybrid vehicles to installation, chargers to tailpipe emissions.
It’s as easy as ABC!
A – Air pollution
EVs have several environmental benefits compared to conventional cars. This includes producing zero direct emissions, which specifically helps improve air pollution.
B – Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
A BEV is a type of vehicle that runs exclusively on battery power. They use electric motors and motor controllers instead of combustion engines for power generation. This battery can then be electrically recharged externally.
C – Chargers
There are a number of different ways to charge your electric car’s battery pack. We are proud to work closely with some of the UK’s most trusted EV charger manufacturers. Get started here.
D – Decarbonisation
Decarbonisation is the aim to completely avoid the emission of carbon dioxide. EVs produce less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel-powered cars making them essential to reducing overall emissions.
E – Electric vehicle (EVs)
Unlike conventional vehicles that use petrol or diesel-powered engines, EVs use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell.
F – Fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV)
A FCEV is a type of electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell, instead of a battery or in combination with a battery to power its on-board electric motor.
G – Green electricity
Green electricity is generated from renewable energy or environmentally friendly sources. The higher the proportion of green electricity in the energy mix from which the charging current is supplied, the better the CO2 footprint of an e-car.
H – Hybrid vehicles
A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle using two different forms of power, such as an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, or an electric motor with a battery and fuel cells for energy storage.
I – Installation
We are the UK’s leading EV charge point installer and supplier. Your We Power Your Car engineer will install your charger quickly and efficiently and all of our installers are fully qualified, experienced professionals.
J – Jaguar I-PACE
The Jaguar I-PACE is Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV. It features an elegant, highly aerodynamic design and its electric motors deliver 696Nm of instant torque and sports car agility.
K – Kia e-Niro
The new Kia e-Niro offers an all-electric, zero-emissions powertrain and eye-catchy design. It also won the 2019 Driving Electric Car of the Year award and has been named the UK’s best affordable electric car.
L – Lithium-ion batteries
A lithium-ion battery is the preferred energy storage device in most electric vehicles. It is a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte.
M – Matt:e
Most chargers don’t have earthing built in. We use matt:e earthing which is much easier to install and safer than earth rods.
N – Newton meters
Torque is the amount of ‘turning power’ a car has, measured in Newton meters and representing the force of the engine. Since EVs do not require a manual gearbox, the maximum torque is reached at the start of acceleration, therefore making it possible to accelerate very quickly, especially at low speeds.
O – Overall reach
The overall reach of an EV indicates how many kilometres it can cover with a single full battery charge. This is an important indicator of the suitability of electric mobility for everyday use.
P – Plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV)
A PHEV is a type of hybrid motor that combines a conventional engine with an electric motor and a large battery that can be recharged by plugging into an electrical outlet or charging station.
Q – Audi Q5
The Q5 has three modes: Hybrid, Battery Hold and EV. In EV mode, it runs solely on electric power and can do so for up to 26 miles, enabling you to cruise silently while producing no emissions.
R – Renewable energy
The potential of renewable energy sources to power EVs can contribute to a considerable decarbonisation of the future road transport sector and improved resource efficiency.
S – Smart charging
Smart charging is the intelligent charging of EVs, where charging can be shifted based on grid loads and in accordance to the vehicle owner’s needs. We cater for any type of electric car, van or plug-in hybrid with a professional team of engineers.
T – Tailpipe emissions
Tailpipe emissions are a serious threat to the environment. The combustion of petroleum-based fuels results in the release of chemicals into the air. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and will play an important role in reducing this.
U – UK grant
You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. The maximum grant available for cars is £3,000.
V – Vehicle to grid (V2G)
V2G is a term used to describe the energy concept that electric cars and certain plug-in hybrid cars, could not only receive electricity from but send surplus electricity back into the electric grid.
W – Wallbox
A wallbox is a charging station for private households. They can be used with a higher charging capacity (11-22 kW) with more convenience than conventional household sockets. Click here to find yours.
X – Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is an all-electric luxury SUV with falcon wing doors for passenger access. It has great storage, comfortable seating for up to seven adults and the capability to tow up to 2,250 kg.
Y – Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Toyota’s been building hybrids since 1997 and their new Yaris Hybrid will be available in the UK from September 2020. You can choose from three drive modes: EV only, Power and Eco.
Z – Zero emission vehicle (ZEV)
A ZEV is an electric car that emits no waste products that pollute the environment or disrupt the climate.
UK car buyers are gradually waking up to electric cars and this trend is only going to accelerate. We hope this ultimate guide has helped you to understand everything you need to know about EVs. Want to know more about how we can help you simplify your at-home EV charging? Chat with our expert engineers here.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Standard installation for the Homecharger covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following: